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Taronga Zoo

See giant giraffes, cute penguins and every animal in between at Sydney's harbourside zoo.
By Olivia Gee
November 11, 2021
By Olivia Gee
November 11, 2021

Arguably Australia's most scenic zoo, Taronga Zoo is a popular spot for families and tourists alike. Officially opening as Taronga Zoo Sydney back in 1916, it is now home to 4000 animals from over 350 species. Head here and you'll encounter giraffes, elephants, tigers, sun bears, meerkats, lion cubs, chimps, gorillas and more — all while overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Apart from seeing all the adorable animals, critters and creatures, you can also stay the night at the on-site Wildlife Retreat at Taronga: a 62-room eco-luxe hotel located smack-bang in the middle of the zoo.

If the idea of a zoo sleepover appeals to you, you can skip the luxe hotel and opt for its Roar and Snore experience instead. At this overnight adventure, you'll stay in safari-style tents (complete with bathroom facilities) as well as get to know some of the zoo's cuddlier residents, go on an exclusive night tour of after-dark animal parties, catch animal feedings and tour some of the enclosures.

The zoo also hosts an annual summer gig series in its grounds. Dubbed Twilight at Taronga, the live music events runs in January and February, and sees many people descent upon the zoo's natural amphitheatre backdropped to some of the most impressive views around town.

In short, whether you're an animal lover, music fan or just keen to live it up in a luxe hotel, Taronga Zoo Sydney is as much for adults as it is for kids.

Taronga Zoo via DNSW

Taronga Zoo Sydney is open from 9.30am–5pm daily. 

Top image: Destination NSW

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